I am so excited to share with you the first sneak peek of my new math stations DVD. It’s been a labor of love — and it continues to be as I put the finishing touches on this great video. It should be available later this year, so if you would like to find out when it goes on sale you can sign up at the Stenhouse Publishers website and get a notification! I hope you are as excited about this as I am! Enjoy the clip — more to come soon!
I came across this essay recently on the Poetry Foundation’s website. What a great poetry exercise to try with children of all ages! And since I’ve been knee-deep in editing my new math video, I thought this was especially appropriate. Enjoy! And stay tuned next week, when I will be posting a sneak-peek of the math work stations video. Happy Poetry Friday!
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Have you ever thought about what handwriting looks like — not what is written, but how it’s written? This poem made me think of that — all of those elegant, connected lines. We lose some of that on the computer, don’t we?
By Howard Nemerov
During back-to-school workshops, teachers from art, music, and P.E. often attend our training on work stations. Often, I’m pleasantly surprised by the creativity of these folks and how they adapt work stations to match their special subjects!
Jennifer Bartos, the music teacher at Ford Elementary School in Denver, CO., came to my after-school session and shared what she’s been trying in her classroom with music stations. I LOVE it! She does things a little differently, because she has many classes each day with lots of different students. But she makes it work for her! Here are a few of the stations she is using with her 3rd-5th graders on the stage in the auditorium, nonetheless!
In honor of Bastille Day tomorrow (France’s Independence Day, if you will), here is a poem by French poet Paul Verlaine.
By Paul Verlaine
Translated By Norman R. Shapiro
for Charles Morice
While working with teachers in grades 3-6 recently, we took a close look at the observation station. First, we viewed a video clip from Stepping Up with Literacy Stations on this station as introduced in Lisa Gregory’s 3rd grade classroom. Then we brainstormed ideas of what students might observe at this station in their classrooms. We came up with many innovative ideas as listed on the chart below. This station can easily be linked to science and social studies standards. Materials can be borrowed from local organizations, such as a high school science lab, children’s or science museum, or even a regional education service center. Ask around to find out what might be available to you.
If you open an observation station in your classroom, send us photos and tell us a little about what students are doing and learning in this station. We’d love to see what your class is doing!
What a great take on Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem! Share with your girls — students, friends, sisters, daughters, mothers!
An “If” for Girls
By Elizabeth Lincoln Otis
(With apologies to Mr. Rudyard Kipling)